Celebrating Creativity

Hi I'm Kadira Jennings, welcome to Unfolding Creativity, a portal to Abundance Through Creativity.

I am a creative artist celebrating and encouraging the creative in all of us.

My blog is a discussion, and creativity resource. Please take your time, look around and join the conversation if you would like to.
It is my passionate belief that we all have deep within us a creative genius just waiting for half a chance to get out no matter what field we work or play in.

''There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.''
Martha Graham

I just had to share some more of this man’s amazing work!

Andy Goldsworthy - amazing british artist who works with nature as his canvas

Andy Goldsworthy -Image credit Daryl Bush

Andy says of his work,

“The underlying tension of a lot of my art is to try and look through the surface appearance of things. Inevitably, one way of getting beneath the surface is to introduce a hole, a window into what lies below.”

Andy Goldsworthy - Iris leaves and rowan berries
Iris leaves and rowan berries

An enchanting floating sculpture, almost oriental, just beautiful.

Maple leaves, Water and Rocks - Andy Goldsworthy
Maple leaves, Water and Rocks

This work is so simple in concept, so beautifully executed and yet the complexity of all the elements and the way they work together is absolutely breath taking. This is creativity at its finest.

I have been so inspired looking at Andy’s work – I want to rush out and start building with nature myself!

Even though Andy may never read this blog I want to thank him for sharing his vision with the world and allowing us to see things in such a unique way.  I should mention that all the images here are copyrighted to Andy. I was unable to obtain contact details to ask his permission for their use.  I couldn’t find a website that belonged to him, his images are all over the web, but they all seem to be on some one else’s sites.

I hope he will forgive me, I just so much wanted to share his wonderful talent and I hope he inspires you as much as he has inspired me.

This week I have some beautiful images to share with you.  They are from the work of Andy Goldsworthy a wonderfully talented artist who works with and in Nature.

Here is what he says about Art and Nature ;

“I find some of my new works disturbing, just as I find nature as a whole disturbing. The landscape is often perceived as pastoral, pretty, beautiful – something to be enjoyed as a backdrop to your weekend before going back to the nitty-gritty of urban life. But anybody who works the land knows it’s not like that. Nature can be harsh – difficult and brutal, as well as beautiful. You couldn’t walk five minutes from here without coming across something that is dead or decaying.”

“One of the beauties of art is that it reflects an artist’s entire life. What I’ve learned over the past 30 years is really beginning to inform what I make. I hope that process continues until I die.”

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

Since I seem to be having a creativity sharing moment or two, I thought you might be interested in having a look at what I’ve been up to in one of my creative projects.  I think I mentioned a while ago that I’ve taken to making jewellery as a creative time out activity.  Its been an interesting journey, which I’ll explain   more about later.  But first up here is one of my creations.

Coral and Turquoise Shiva Necklace

Coral and Turquoise Shiva Necklace

And earrings to match….

Coral Shiva Earrings

Coral Shiva Earrings

All these unique pieces are hand crafted from semi precious gems, including, in this case Deep red coral, turquoise, sterling sliver beads and pendant ( on the necklace), Crystals and faceted glass beads, Murano foiled glass beads and cloisonne enamelled beads.

I thought it was time I shared my latest work with you, just to let you know that yes I do get creative now and then.  Actually this series of paintings I am working on at the moment is very complex  and they are quite time consuming.

Anyway, I’m keeping it short and sweet this week.

This work is titled – The Liquid Deep.  It is a painting of memory and mystery.  It contains past, present and future while seeming at the same time, beyond time – it seems to sit in a timless space, that teases at the edge of our awarness.  Then as you watch, things unfold before your eyes.  You see figures, unseen before.  This is not a work for quick glances, it needs to be absorbed and experienced.

The Liquid Deep, Oils on canvas

The Liquid Deep Kadira Jennings ©2011


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There is an Annie Leibovitz exhibition running in Sydney currently. It is well worth the visit if you get the chance.
Part of this exhibition is a biographical video of her life. Fascinating stuff! What really piqued my interest was that it seemed to again raise the issue I explored in my post on ‘The Black Swan’ a few weeks ago.

How far are we willing to go in pursuit of our creative vision?  Annie spent a lot of time at one part of her life living and touring with The Rolling Stones while she chronicled their lives through the lens of her camera.  After all how  can you act naturally around a camera unless it becomes such a fixture that it no longer impacts your conscious awareness.  For The Rolling Stones it was almost as if Annie became a part of the furniture.

Annie-Leibovitz

Annie-Leibovitz

Pix Credit: Alex Waterhouse-Hayward’s blog ( Alex has a great post on Annie Check it out)

But what was the cost to her ?  Her health, arguably one’s most precious resource.   She  was living the Rock life style, which for so many results in addictions and drug dependency.  She finally checked into a detox facility, dried out and got on with her passion.

Art becomes life – where is the separation? It seems that one of the prices so many great creatives pay is found living at the edge in a place where others cannot go.  It is a personal exploration and also a sacrifice to their art because the road is often extremely difficult and I believe great courage is required of those who walk this road.

  • The courage to be different,
  • To not live up to others expectations
  • To step into unfamiliar territory which often flies in the face of societal convention
  • To remain true to ones self without sacrificing ones values in order to “get the shot/story” etc.

If you get a chance to see this exhibition it provides a fascinating insight into the lives of people of our times.

Here is that link again for information on the Annie Leibovitz exhibition.


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So how are your event management skills progressing. Putting on an exhibition can be quite time consuming- there are so many little details to attend to.
This week one of my tasks was to start thinking about the publicity angle. I designed an Invite for emailing and printing.

Invitation to an art exhibition

Next task is a poster to put up on local notice boards. Next Sunday we are having a get together of all the students which will be an introduction to the world of art exhibitions, for them and actually the first time they will have had the opportunity to meet all the students in other classes. I am quite excited by this because I like the idea of building a community of artists and people who are interested in art and this is a place to begin that.


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